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- Francisco Bellorín from Venezuela, Brisa Hennessy from Costa Rica, Chloe Calmon from Brazil, Giorgio e Isabella Gómez from Colombia, April Zilg from United States and Peru’s Itzel Delgado and Benoit Clemente are the individual Gold Medalists of the XIV edition of the Pan American Games.
- Peru wins the Team Gold Medal, Silver Medal goes to Brazil and Bronze Medal goes to Argentina.
- Find full results HERE
With impressive showing of talents by 270 athletes from 20 countries of the Americas, the XIV edition of the Pan American Claro Games, organized by the Pan American Surf Association (PASA).
Team Peru won their fifth Team Gold Medal and the title of 2018 Pan American Surfing Games. With 12502 points, the locals won over Brazil who won the Silver Medal with 11952 points and Argentina winners of the Bronze Medal with 9986.
Individuall, eight athletes are the new Pan Amerian Gold Medalists, and they are one step closer to Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
Final Day of the event started with the exciting SUP Technical Races. First Men’s division winner was Peru’s Itzel Delgado, winner of the Gold Medal with a time of 24:58 minutes. Silver Medal was for Brazil’s Vinnicius Martins with 25:02 and third with the Bronze Medal was Giorgio Gómez from Colombia with 25:16 minutes.
“In the qualifier race I gave my 70%”, said Delgado. “In the final I gave my 100% for the Medal. I gave everything with my mind set in the Gold and I let no one to pass me”.
In the Women’s Race USA’s April Zilg won the Gold Medal with a time of 27:52 minutes, Puerto Rico’s Maricarmen Rivera won the Silver Medal with 28:08, and in third, winner of the Bronze Medal was Canada’s Lina Augaitis with 28:11 minutes.
The new Gold Medalist said: “Semifinals where more fun for me because we had wind and waves. During the qualifier I was running with small bumps and waves in the longest side of the racing course. But for the Final, it was flat, glassy and with no wind, and with strong currents against you, so it felt like paddling in cement for a few hundred meters. Then I got lucky and got a wave in my second lap and I was so thankful for that. If I had to make the course again without help, it would be sad for me.”
I’m also thankful that for the Final we had a beach start. Equality in out sport is really important, so conditions for both men and women must be the same”. added Zilg.
In Open Men division, Venezuela’s Francisco Bellorín is the new Pan American Champion. Bellorín was constant strong during the event, which led him to the top of the Awards Podium.
In the final, the venezuelan defeated with 14.17 Costa Rica’s Silver Medalist Anthony Fillingim (12.20 pts), and Peru’s Bronze Medal, Alonso Correa (10.70). In fourth place came Jhonathan Corzo from México (10.07).
Bellorín said: “Thanks to all the people who sent good vibes here. I had almost two years without competing, spending time with my family. I also almost didn’t come to the event because my mom is a bit sick, but a lot of people encouraged me to come. It’s been years since I last saw all the Latin Americans together, and seeing many friends that I had long time without sharing with them. I came here to enjoy this event and to share this energy, we all are brothers, thanks!”
In Open Women Costa Rica’s Brisa Hennessy took the Gold Medal in her first time competing at the Pan American Surfing Games.
The tica scored a total of 14.50 defeating Silver Medalist Dominic Barona from Ecuador (14.17 pts), and Bronze Medalist Daniella Rosas from Peru (10.40 pts). In fourth came Barbados’ Chelsea Tuach (8.47 pts).
“I have no words, thanks to my team and everyone back in Costa Rica. The waves were fun, and perfect for the Final so I’m just really excited”, said Hennessy.
Benoit Clemente from Perú added one more title to his career after achieving the Gold Medal in Longboard Men.
Clemente, defending Champion of the 2017 Pan Ams, defeated with a total score of 16.50 Silver Medalist Surfiel Gil from Argentina (14.27 pts), and Lucas Garrido-Lecca, also from Peru, winner of the Bronze Medal with 13.30. In fourth came Wenderson de Almeida from Brazil.
“I’m really happy about this result, it was a really good Final. At the start it was really challenging because only three waves came. Now I’m going for the Gold at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, that will be an historic event for Surfing”, said Clemente.
Chloe Calmon from Brazil, a standout competitor of the WSL Longboard Tour, debuted at the Pan American Surfing Games winning the Gold Medal.
The brazilian scored a total of 15.34 against 12.47 of Silver Medalist Atalanta Batista also from Brasil, and 6.97 of Bronze Medalist Costa Rica’s Brisa Hennessy.
Calmon said: “I came with my goals set of having a good result, representing my country and having a place in the Pan American Games. This is my first multi discipline event and my first time with Team Brazil, if it wasn’t for them I would had all that energy to get to the Final”.
Colombia’s brother-sister duo Isabella y Giorgio Gómez took the Gold Medals in SUP Surf Women y SUP Surf Men respectively.
Isabella scored 11.90, defeating Silver Medalist Vania Torres from Peru (8.77 pts) and Bronze Medalist Nicole Pacelli from Brasil (8.53 pts). In fourth came Peru’s Brissa Málaga with 5.67.
Isabella said: “Practically I couldn’t catch a wave until the last three minutes of the heat. It was frustrating but I just was happy that my brother won, so I was paddling out then a wave came to me and I could get the score”.
“I’m really thankful with Team Colombia who received my brother and me as family, they’re incredible and I’m just really thankful to share this experience with them”.
Giorgio on his side scored 13.66 in the Final to take the Gold Medal. Silver Medal was for Luis Diniz from Brasil (12.20) and Bronze Medal was for Caio Vaz form Brasil with 11.93. In fourth came Finn Spencer from Canada from 10.67.
“During Semifinals I was really nervous just because I wanted to be in the Final. I had a start with a bump, and after that I just relaxed and thought about having fun, so I did”, said Gómez.
With the Final Results of the 2018 Pan American Claro Games, we are having a clear glimpse of the athletes qualified to Lima 2019, that will be confirmed by the International Surfing Association.
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1 PERU 12,502
2 BRASIL 11,953
3 ARGENTINA 9,986
4 COSTA RICA 9,623
5 USA 8,968
6 CANADA 8,928
7 ECUADOR 8,666
8 MEXICO 8,631
9 VENEZUELA 8,283
10 CHILE 8,186
11 PUERTO RICO 7,816
12 COLOMBIA 7,268
13 DOMINICAN REP 3,580
14 URUGUAY 2,840
15 EL SALVADOR 1,750
16 BARBADOS 1,675
17 GUATEMALA 1,220
18 JAMAICA 930
19 PANAMA 750
20 VIRGIN ISLANDS 420
1- Francisco Bellorín (VEN) 14.17
2- Anthony Fillingim (CRI) 12.20
3- Alonso Correa (PER) 10.70
4- Johnathan Corzo (MEX) 10.07
1- Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 14.50
2- Dominic Barona (ECU) 14.17
3- Daniella Rosas (PER) 10.40
4- Chelsea Tuach (BAR) 8.47
1- Benoit Clemente (PER) 16.50
2- Surfiel Gil (ARG) 14.27
3- Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) 13.30
4- Wenderson de Almeida (BRA) 12.73
1- Chloe Calmon (BRA) 15.34
2- Atalanta Batista (BRA) 12.47
3- Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 6.97
4- María Fernanda Reyes (PER) 6.50
SUP Surf Men
1- Giorgio Gómez (COL) 13.46
2- Luis Diniz (BRA) 12.20
3- Caio Vaz (BRA) 11.93
4- Finn Spencer (CAN) 10.67
SUP Surf Women
1- Isabella Gómez (COL) 11.90
2- Vania Torres (PER) 8.77
3- Nicole Pacelli (BRA) 8.53
4- Brissa Málaga (PER) 5.67
SUP Technical Race Men
1- Itzel Delgado (PER) 24:58:60
2- Vinnicius Martins (BRA) 25:02:20
3- Giorgio Gomez (COL) 25:16:85
SUP Technical Race Women
1- April Zilg (USA) 27:52:71 1
2- Maricarmen Rivera (PUR) 28:08:84 2
3- Lina Augaitis (CAN) 28:11:16